2013 MercedesBenz GL350 | CAR DRIVES

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350

ride and handling; interior practicality; safety, solid auto-folding third-row seats

The Mercedes-Benz GL350  CDI 4MATIC is the German car maker’s bid to honours of building the world’s large luxury SUV. a proper seven-seater that has in common with the company’s S-Class luxury saloon a typical SUV.

From the the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is simply It not only looks big, but truly a large SUV in almost other regard as well. 5120mm long, 1934mm and 1850mm high, the GL dwarfs its brother, the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, on it’s based.

The front is very much an upsized of the current Mercedes-Benz design one that seeks to maintain its values while reinventing for the modern age. First are dominated by the GL’s radiator housing the three-pointed star. If doesn’t grab your the new Mercedes-Benz signature LED daytime lamps certainly will.

The is a little more traditional and conservative in its design. Using all red, two-piece LED lamps light wave conductor the simple tail-light shape is with a roof spoiler and a flashy chrome area seems to be there just to you that you’re in the S-Class of

Like the previous-generation GL, the new large SUV is by Mercedes-Benz in the USA where demand is Nonetheless, it has all the trademark characteristics of a German-engineered Mercedes-Benz, which is why the brought us to Stuttgart for a drive in two diesels through Germany’s Black Forest.

Firstly, important to note that didn’t simply design the new to appeal just to our American Had that been the case it simply be a glorified truck more seats and a lot more


Instead, the new GL-Class is so refined its NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) is than the current S-Class – a feat. It goes around like a C-Class and drives anything but a giant SUV. It has been put through an extreme diet and lost a good compared with its predecessor.

The one bit the American influence can be appreciated is the layout and spacing, as this is a seven-seater. You can indeed fit seven adults in the Mercedes-Benz GL if you need to.

The second row offers enormous and legroom and will comfortably two large adults or three Australians. The third row is much than you’d expect a typical seven-seater. It’s not an but a proper seating row designed as Although it provides generous legroom can be an issue if you measure of 165cm, which still it ideal for children or shorter

Our two test cars were German-registered Mercedes-Benz GL350 in black and silver, riding on tyres. Powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine, the GL350 CDI 4MATIC pumps out a very 190kW (at 3600 rpm) and an 620Nm (between 1600-2400 That’s a 35kW and 80Nm power and torque than its

You might expect that improved performance, fuel would take a turn for the but that’s not the case. The new model is 20 per more fuel efficient, means it sips around 8.0 of diesel per 100km (official figures to be confirmed next Not bad for an SUV that weighs 2455kg.

The GL350 CDI already meets the Euro 6 emission regulations and a very reasonable 192 grams of CO2 per which makes its carbon around 28g/km per passenger full. That is one of the better in the business for a large SUV and certainly of silencing the Al Gores among us. reference: a third-generation five-seater Prius has a carbon footprint of 18g/km CO2 per person).

Around the parts of Stuttgart the GL350 in Comfort mode, proved a pleasant place to be. It’s an and peaceful cabin with exterior noise making it the well-engineered ‘aero-acoustic’ finishings. almost a case of having a pair of Bang Olufsen cancelling headphones on without the

The diesel engine can barely be and the start-stop technology (which the engine off when stopped and on again the instant it’s works seamlessly. Mercedes-Benz has its tried-and-tested seven-speed automatic in the new GL and we couldn’t fault it in traffic or on the road.

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Mercedes-Benz’s standard air system (AIRMATIC) does a good job of providing a Comfort that is, in fact, comfortable. Put it Sport mode and it almost tightens up the feel and changes the driving behavior. Coupled the optional Active Curve (ACS), our GL350 CDI conquered the twisty and windy roads of the Forest with the eagerness of an army. It took us a while to to terms with just how we could push this machine into a corner for it to come out the other end completely

Accelerating from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds, the GL350 CDI is faster the majority of cars on Australian today, which means its size, it can get up and go very quickly. The amount of torque from its engine also allows for overtaking on the highway. In essence, got a two and half tonne seven-seater SUV that can out-accelerate a typical family car and use less fuel in the That’s definitely something the GL from its German genealogy.

On the front, it’s not as car-like as the ML. In fact, regardless of what it’s in, there’s a little too electronic assistance that the whole ordeal feel a too fake for our liking, but given the and target market, it’s suited to the task.

The interior layout itself is Mercedes-Benz. Everything is either in leather or makes use of high-quality that feel nice under fingertips. The instruments are where expect them to be and the company’s system takes care of the and satellite navigation systems via a screen. It has USB, Bluetooth and audio streaming support a 10GB hard drive for It can also connect to the internet via a smartphone (iPhone not supported) if you the need.

As with other vehicles, we find the GL350’s LCD a little too small, with no to upsize (a problem which is in a car as big as the GL) and the air-conditioning controls a tad fragile. than that, it’s a interior layout.

Safety has been one of Mercedes-Benz’s strong and nothing has changed on that The GL-Class offers two-stage and side airbags (combined thorax/pelvis for the front occupants, knee for the driver and window bags for all rows. Optional thorax are available for the middle row of seats.

On the active safety front, assist, collision prevention trailer stabilisation, down-hill regulation, tyre pressure warning and hill start are all standard. If you want all the toys, you can the box for active lane keeping active blind spot speed limit assist, plus, brake assist or pre-safe brake with braking.

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz launches in Australia in April the GL350 CDI and GL500. It will go to head with everything can match it for size, such as LandCruiser Sahara, the new Range well as the Audi Q7.

Prices and will be confirmed closer to the but the current entry price of is expected to remain relatively The circa-$220,000 range-topping Mercedes-Benz GL63 powered by a bi-turbo 5.5-litre arrive around June to the range.

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